Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates opened airspace for Qatar on Monday after Saudi Arabia. This is the first time since 2016 that the airspace has been opened. Bahrain’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications said in a statement on Sunday that Qatar had registered flights over the country’s airspace.
Meanwhile, the UAE’s civil aviation authority said Qatari aircraft would be able to enter the country’s airspace. In addition, flights from Melbourne, Australia will be able to fly over the UAE to Doha. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, last week saw the signing of agreements with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.
In mid-2016, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, cut off diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing it of aiding terrorism. However, Qatar has denied the allegations of terrorism from the beginning.